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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – February 1-7

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week in the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

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The Chile Government has announced its plans on introducing a bill for the legalisation and regulation of online gambling in the country. The bill will propose regulating online sports betting, internet casino games and other forms of betting online. According to the Ministry, regulating online gambling activities would establish a competitive market, as well as help protect both the health and safety of players.

Wynn Resorts was again honoured on FORTUNE Magazine’s 2021 World’s Most Admired Companies list in the hotel, casino and resort category. Wynn Resorts improved upon previous ratings to secure a place in the top five international hotel companies. Wynn also claimed first overall in the group for Quality of Products/Services and received additional high marks for Innovation.

Partnerships

Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) has entered into an exclusive data partnership deal with Genius Sports Group to launch its first official betting platform. SRX is expected to launch its inaugural season in June 2021 with six races scheduled for broadcast on CBS Television Network, and is expected to feature an exceptional line-up of all-star drivers and crews including NASCAR Hall of Famers Tony Stewart and various other auto racing legends, including Bill Elliott, Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Willy T. Ribbs, Mark Webber, Ernie Francis Jr. and Helio Castroneves.

GAN Limited has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with the Seneca Gaming Corporation (SGC) to provide Simulated Gaming solutions to SGC patrons across all properties on both desktop and mobile. The unique solution is powered by GAN’s core Simulated Gaming software and provides meaningful marketing, brand building and revenue opportunities for both operators and GAN.

BetMGM has partnered with Richard Childress Racing. This marks the first partnership between a NASCAR team and sports betting operator. BetMGM will collaborate with the iconic NASCAR team on a variety of marketing activations, including primary sponsorship for select races in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series.

SuperDraft Inc has selected Remark Entertainment, a division of Remark Holdings, as its exclusive marketing partner. To support SuperDraft’s vision of providing the best DFS experience, Remark Entertainment will be responsible for developing a brand identity by managing and leading the digital and offline marketing efforts on SuperDraft’s behalf.

International Game Technology PLC has announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has signed a four-year contract extension with the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. As per the deal, IGT Global Solutions will continue providing its iLottery platform and mobile app, and add engaging new IGT PlayLottery content to the Lottery’s existing digital games portfolio.

Loto-Québec has extended its existing contract with Pollard Banknote Limited. The original contract term started in February 2014, and under this extension, Pollard Banknote will continue to serve Loto-Québec as the primary supplier of instant ticket games through 31 January 2022.

Integrated payments provider Paysafe has announced an expansion of its long-standing partnership with the Virginia Lottery, which will see it leverage the affiliate marketing expertise of Income Access, Paysafe’s marketing technology and services provider. The Virginia Lottery, which already uses Paysafe’s payment processing services, will utilise Income Access’ proprietary software and affiliate management services for its upcoming iLottery affiliate programme.

New Appointment

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has announced the appointment of Pinder Basi as its new Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining OLG, Pinder served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Mastermind Toys.

New Acquisition

Sports media company FA Media LLC (Alarm Sports Network) has announced the acquisition of fantasy sports aggregation website FantasyRundown.com. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Apex Live Gaming Launches ChipperX

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Apex Live Gaming has launched a new device named “ChipperX” for the casinos.

Designed and manufactured by Apex, ChipperX is a dedicated chip management device. It automatically sorts chips by value or colour into one of 12 designated chip tracks. Each chip track is configured to sort and store a defined number of chip types.

“Apex Live Gaming is made up of people who understand and have experience working in land-based casinos. That’s why we make equipment that helps casino staff do their jobs faster, better, more comfortably and easier,” the company said.

ChipperX has the computing power to quickly and accurately count, sort and distribute up to 500 chips per minute. It produces game statistics with a minute-by-minute display stored in the device’s memory for one year.

Easy operation is guaranteed by remote control and diagnostics. Through remote access to ChipperX settings and management, Apex’s team of technicians can help customers control the device remotely in real time. This reduces operating costs and service time.

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Paul Mallon Steps Down as Head of Brand Marketing at Paddy Power

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Paul Mallon has stepped down as the head of brand marketing at Paddy Power.

The ad executive spent ten years at the Flutter-owned operator. Mallon began at Paddy Power as a football writer following a time as a journalist at the Irish Daily Star.

He leaves Paddy Power to become head of special ops at the London-based advertising agency Lucky Generals, which was Paddy Power’s creative agency before Flutter’s reorganisation with its The Stars Group merger.

Mallon wrote on LinkedIn: “After an incredibly good time and 10 years at the sublime Paddy Power, I’ve transferred to the mighty Lucky Generals (with huge thanks to the colleagues, agencies and customers who made working for PP such a pleasure).”

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EGT and Mascot Join Forces on Distribution Agreement

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EGT has joined forces with casino equipment provider Mascot on a new distribution agreement. Through the agreement, MASCOT has become the tech company’s new official distributor for France.

The two enterprises shook hands on their future endeavours last month, with plans to immediately introduce the new General series and progressive Jackpots to the French market.

Mascot is founded in 2009 and has been successfully restructuring the company in the past few years, now adopting the highest standards in the sector and motivated to bring new brands to its clients.

“We at EGT are always excited to join forces with reliable partners and cover new ground,” Nadya Popova, EGT’s Sales and Marketing Vice President, said.

“We are thrilled to work with EGT and are preparing many surprises for our clients immediately. We thank EGT for their trust,” François Bourlier, Sales Manager at Mascot, said.

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